2020—New Bird

There were hundreds of birds at The Ranch in Montana every day but most of them were Pine Siskins. On the last morning before I flew home, a bird new to me landed briefly at the water feature and drank along side the Siskins. It’s a female Red Crossbill. The females don’t have red feathers like the males which give the bird part of its name, but they do have the crossed bill. Their distinctive large stout bill, with its crossed tips, enables it to pry seeds from pine cones.